Places to Visit in Beijing – A Different Perspective on China’s Capital
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by Becki
2d ago
From historical sites to nature and art spaces, here are the places to visit in Beijing, China, to see it from a different perspective. When visiting Beijing, three sites are given – The Great Wall, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. In most guidebooks, it’s almost always stated that without this holy trinity of tourist must-dos ticked off the list, you haven’t experienced Beijing. While there is more than this, you may have limited time in Beijing as you plan a trip around China to see as much as possible in a short time frame. I spent around 12 days in Beijing, and I loved digging into ..read more
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Planning a Trip to Iceland – A Geothermic Adventure for First Timers
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by Becki
1w ago
Planning a trip to Iceland? Here’s how and where to find the hotspots and highlights that give this country its unique identity. Your first introduction to Iceland is how otherworldly it looks. I remember the plane slowly sweeping over a landscape that looked like Mars as it approached the runway; its dark brown rocky surface and crater-like perforations created excitement amongst the many explorers pushing their faces against the cabin glass windows as if they were landing on another planet. Iceland really does feel like another world. Even the bright light of the ‘Midnight Sun’ kept me in aw ..read more
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The Community Culture Experience of a Homestay in Southeast Asia
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by Becki
1w ago
Here’s why a homestay in Southeast Asia is the best way to understand local culture and what you can typically expect from the experience. If you like understanding the local culture more deeply, as well as meeting, interacting and living with locals to do so, then a homestay in Southeast Asia might be a worthwhile experience beyond the temple hopping trails and hostel stays.  My first homestay was on Dong Deng (one of the 4,000 islands in Laos). I continued in the hill tribe villages in Thailand, living locally on a trek in Myanmar and staying in a community homestay village near Panulti ..read more
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The Helsinki Bike Tour Through the Nature of Finland’s Capital
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by Becki
2w ago
Outer capital cities are usually a residential sprawl, but a Helsinki bike tour charts a route through a trove of vast green and conservation areas. Helsinki is an attractive, contemporary and super stylish city; an easy-to-navigate collection of pretty architecture and fashionable outlets, broken up by parkland and a boat port which can transport you to the neighbouring islands, such as Seurasaari, in minutes.  Compact in size but not short on attractions, city wandering is a must, yet it’s easy to focus on the centre of a capital city and forget about the wider area surrounding it. In s ..read more
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Kilimanjaro Packing List – What You Need For Peak Performance
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by Becki
3w ago
The Kili trek is no mean feat but can be a triumph when a trekker is fully prepared. Use this Kilimanjaro packing list to help you on the road to a comfortable and successful climb. When climbing Africa’s tallest freestanding mountain, you will be trekking across a full spectrum of ecosystems and weather conditions, so it is vital to be prepared for the extremes – hot and sunny, cloudy and chilly, rainy and windy and snow and minus temperature chill. You may encounter all this in one day, so prep via layers and an accessible full set of trekking wear limits feeling uncomfortable and miserable ..read more
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Loire Valley by Bike – Touring the French Châteaux Countryside
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by Becki
1M ago
Riverside parks and vineyards guide you, while quiet lanes tucked away from main roads wind you through the green and yellow countryside and scattered rural hamlets. Here’s how to embark on a Loire Valley bike tour and lose yourself in daydreams of bygone centuries. The Loire Valley is accessible even for the most casual of bikers. This trip marked the first time I cycled so many kilometres over a number of consecutive days and the first time cycling in France. I covered 100 kilometres, eased out over five days with two leisurely days wedged in between, and ploughed through the rigorous parts ..read more
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What Are the Best Neighbourhoods in Athens? Local Life in the Capital.
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by Becki
6M ago
This guide to the best neighbourhoods in Athens highlights the different areas of Greece’s capital beyond only touring the ancient sites. “I didn’t like Athens” is something I hear all too often, but I soon worked out why people couldn’t summon up much love for it – they hadn’t spent enough time getting to know it, especially since the average time spent here is 24 hours on the way to an island. Or because people stay in the heart of the tourist area of Monastiraki without straying far from it, not knowing that just a few streets away is the allure of an emerging, changing city.  Athens i ..read more
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Hiking in Bohemian Switzerland National Park – The Wild Side of the Czech Republic
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by Becki
8M ago
A 79 square kilometre blanket of flora and fauna, where towering monoliths of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains protrude through a thick forest canopy, Bohemian Switzerland National Park in the Czech Republic is a wild nature haven with well-marked trails. This hiking guide shows you where to go and how to see its magnificence beyond the famed Pravcicka Gate archway. The Czech Republic’s heritage isn’t just in its major cities, iconic spa towns and southern wine lands. Bohemian Switzerland National Park, on the northern borders just 90 minutes from Prague, is one of its greatest natural assets and ..read more
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What to Do in Osaka, Japan: The Rebellious, Eccentric and Brash City
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by Becki
11M ago
Here’s what to do in Osaka, Japan to see the eccentric city offering in contrast to cutting-edge Tokyo and traditional Kyoto. If Tokyo is the crazy and cutting-edge sibling and Kyoto the sensible and traditional, Osaka is the rebellious, edgy one. Japan’s third-largest city, Osaka, certainly knows how to hold its own. Rough around the edges, brash, bold, and a little removed from its ultra-clinical sister cities of Japan, a visit to Osaka has plenty to keep you occupied – day and night. Give yourself at least two or three days there to explore, for it’s best known for coming alive when the sun ..read more
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Adventure Day Trips from Ljubljana – Seeing Slovenia’s Nature
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by Becki
1y ago
Looking for day trips from Ljubljana? Here’s how to hike the Velika Planina settlement and Šmarna Gora Peak, bike to Podpeč Lake and Iški Morost Nature Reserve, and more. Ljubljana is described as “a small capital with a green soul”, meaning there’s plenty more to visually feast on than the gorgeous old town architecture and the bustle of city life. So Ljubljana day trips should factor into your city itinerary.  Central Slovenia is a blanket of nature filled with lakes, hills, caves, gorges and mountains, and since 70% of Slovenians live in the countryside, the cities simply slot into thi ..read more
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